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Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on 1968-02-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on 1968-02-14

This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 2.2"

Set 1:
d1t01 - Morning Dew
d1t02 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
d1t03 - Dark Star ->
d1t04 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d1t05 - The Eleven ->
d1t06 - Turn On Your Lovelight

Set 2:
d1t07 - Stage Announcements
d1t08 - That's It For The Other One ->
d1t09 - New Potato Caboose ->
d1t10 - Born Cross-Eyed ->
d1t11 - Spanish Jam
d2t01 - Alligator ->
d2t02 - Drums ->
d2t03 - Alligator ->
d2t04 - Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
d2t05 - Feedback

d2t06 - In The Midnight Hour
d2t07 - Stage/Radio Announcements

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Carousel Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD -> (8 Track) Master Reel -> Dat -> CD -> FLAC
Lineage FLAC -> Samplitude Professional v10.02 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Disc change is seamless
-- This is a remastering of shnid=89437 (Thanks to all involved)
-- Fixed the patch in Alligator Jam, fixed levels and corrected DC Offset
-- Patch source pitch corrected in Cool Edit Pro v2.0
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones, Pat Lee and Matt Smith for their help
-- Thanks to the kind folks at DNC for their input on this project


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2015
Subject: Great 1st Set, '68-stylee

There are places where this source is better than the Road Trips 2-2 release.

In the 1st Set there's a great Morning Dew and a highly entertaining Dark Star>China>Eleven.

In the 2nd Set New Potato is the winner.

You'll recognize snippets that were taken for Anthem of the Sun. The 1st set is great classic '68 but the second is below average for '68. If you are looking for early '68 also try:

First Set:  A-
Second Set: C-
Overall: 3 Stars
Reviewer: 4evergr8ful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2015
Subject: Valentines Day 47 years ago!
Electric, Experimental, Innovative, Psychadellic Primal dead at their best...What more can be said? What a great start to valentines day, god bless
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2014
Subject: free music!
primordial Dead at its best
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2014
Subject: You listen to it by buying it...
...and you should. Usually I'm disappointed with the bland official releases, but I just downloaded this Road Trips from iTunes and it's excellent, well worth the price.
Reviewer: jjf47 - - February 15, 2013
Subject: how do you listen to this show?
Okay guys someone has to tell me how you can listen to this show when no url is available. there are a lot of reviews so obviously there has to be a way.

by the way, i was at this show. i remember it. vaguely anyway. i remember staring up at jerry as he played his guitar and thinking wow fucking cool man and he staring down at the crowd with that jerry look he sometimes had almost as if to say where the fuck am i at today anybody know


country joe was cool too back then he was just as popular if not more so than the dead because of grace janis sweet martha feel like i'm fixing to die and more.

hopefully somebody can tell me how to access this show. no rating until then, although if i go by back then it's a high five.

Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2010
Subject: if this isn't a five star performace, what is?
a TOP TEN all-timer for sure...
Reviewer: bumba - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2009
Subject: smokin early dead
can anyone hook me up with a copy of the bonus disk from the fillmore box set? if so i can give you a copy of any soundbord on this site. really any one !!! e-mail me at
Reviewer: pulp79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2009
Subject: Primal Dead!
They were playing as if their lives depended on it, and this show is a perfect example of the Dead just starting to really hit their stride. It's amazing listening to Godchaux-era Dead, then throwing this in, and just being blown away by the fact that this is, in fact, the same band. I can't pick any highlights, as the whole show is killer. The Dead were in their bluesy, intense, "trip you out" mode here, as evidenced by The Other One suite on until the end.

The more I listen to '68, the more I want to build my time machine, so I can experience these mind-blowing songs first-hand, with a couple thousand other heads, drinking the Kool-Aid. That's right, not to the birth of mankind, but to right here: San Fran, February 14, 1968.

Great sound as always from Charlie Miller, but now it looks like I'm gonna have to go order the new Road Trips. For as good as the sound is here, I can't wait to check out the HDCD 8-track version.
Reviewer: He Live's - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2009
Subject: there is an expansive feeling... 5 easy
all the evidence is there. this is the year they opened the door and went through and never looked back. this is the fruition of the practice and dedication they put in over the previous year.

one of the shows from this year that makes you think... this is the ESSENCE of IT ALL.....

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• Philosophy a property or group of properties of something without which it would not exist or be what it is.
• something that exists; in particular, a spiritual entity : the position that names express essences.
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Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2009
Subject: Live Anthem of the Sun: Dick’s Picks worthy--6 stars!
This show is the best of a great run of February shows, 2/2, 2/03, 2/14, and 2/23-2/23 Kings Beach Lake Tahoe (aka, Dick’s Picks Vol. 22) are all outstanding shows in an outstand run of Anthem shows. This is better show than Dick’s Picks 22. Also excellent audio and mixing.

The second set is the Anthem of the Sun live: the complete album with the order of the songs as on the album. In fact, much of this show was used on Anthem of the Sun. Plus, a Spanish Jam thrown in for good measure.

If it were just the second set, this would be a great show. But the first set is also great. It starts with typically Morning Dew of the period, with Pigpen’s keyboard supplying the groundwork for the Jerry-Phil-Bob jam. Dark Star, still less than two months old at this point, and still a short, but it’s tight. DS goes into China Cat (they hadn’t written St. Stephan yet for between Dark Star and the Eleven. This is pretty rare, as the played China Cat in this sequence only for a few months before dropping it for St. Stephen. I love the sound of this China Cat, fast and raw and together, with Jerry really in the zone. It then takes off into the Eleven. Driving with energy, Pigpen’s organ pushes the Eleven along. It’s also clean and tight with great vocals. The Eleven resolves neatly into Turn on Your Lovelight, continuing the force of the set. This is only the second time they played Lovelight, but it’s a dandy.

Jerry dedicates the second set to the memory of Neal Cassady (“Cowboy Neal”), who had died the previous week. A fitting dedication. Then comes a nearly perfect Anthem of the Sun set, and it’s easy to see why they used it on the album. Cryptical>Other One is pure dynamite, and crips and clean and tight, the way performances of Passenger from 1977 are tight—everything is in the right place.

One thing great about this show is that the transitions are smooth and flawless, including the one into New Potato. This features some artful improvising by Phil after the vocals. Jerry lets Phil go at it alone and then comes in with some rhythm guitar licks, slowly building in intensity. It’s masterful. The rarely performed Born Cross-Eyed is a natural capper, but the action doesn’t end here. After all this energy, the Dead go into a spacy, long Spanish Jam that ebbs and flows, and evolves in mood.

Pigpen’s vocal isn’t loud enough in Alligator, but the Alligator jam is fabulous. Following Jerry in this jam is like following Coltrane. Things then speed up for Caution, and the Dead go off into another zone altogether. Caution and feedback are inspired, building to controlled chaos before receding into nothingness.

There are a few different versions of this show here at archive. This is the best, with a patch of the cut in the Alligator jam.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" February 14,1968 at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
#############__Smokin'_1968_Valentines_Day_GRATEFUL DEAD_Show

5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for Charlie Miller, Joe B. Jones, Pat Lee and Matt Smith

A "MUST HAVE" for all collectors of 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD. I highly recommend adding this to your 1968 collection.

Sounds like some tracks (Drums, Alligator) were used on "Anthem of the Sun". " Come on everybody get up and dance we want to ruin ya" <----off of Anthem...

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Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love.

PS: Click on Charlie Miller's name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.
Reviewer: Miss Divine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2008
Subject: Speechless...
Oh wow.
1968 was a stellar year and this show is one of the highlights.
Reviewer: Arbuthnot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2008
Subject: Forty Years Plus And Still Shining Bright
yes folks, highflow & cliff speak truth; this is a mesmerizing, acid-laced stunner, a remarkable historical document that compares favourably to pretty much anything else from the period; bath yourself in this beauty and be transformed
Reviewer: high flow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2008
Subject: A true classic among the giants.
A time-capsule show, for certain.

Just soak it's all so pure. It bristles electric.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2008
Subject: 100 pts
This is a holy grail show.

Nice upgrade here, sure wish alot of '69 files sounded this crispy...
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